In accordance with Western Carolina University’s policies in response to COVID-19, the Highlands Biological Station is currently closed to the public, but is open to researchers and faculty on a limited basis. Researchers and faculty interested in reserving research and residential space should contact the HBS office (828-526-2602) for information on availability, rates, and reservations. Field courses, workshops, and HBS Nature Center programming are cancelled for the 2020 season. The HBS Botanical Gardens remain open, except for trails that are closed due to construction.
To schedule a program, please contact:

M. PATRICK BRANNON, OUTREACH EDUCATION SPECIALIST

Highlands Nature Center
PO Box 580/930 Horse Cove Road
Highlands, NC 28741
Phone: (828) 526-4123  |  Fax: (828) 526-2797

EDUCATION

M.S. in Biology (Ecology), Appalachian State University 1997
B.A. in Biology, University of North Carolina – Asheville 1992

PUBLICATIONS

  • Brannon, M.P., J.K.H. Brannon, and R.E. Baird.  2017.  Educational applications of small mammal skeletal remains found in discarded bottles.  Southeastern Naturalist 16(Special Issue 10):4-10.  (pdf)
  • Brannon, M. P., E. C. Allan, and M. C. Silinski.  2014.  Terrestrial salamander abundances along and within an electric power line right-of-way.  Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 130(2): 40-45.  (pdf)
  • Brannon, M. P. and L. B. Bargelt.  2013.  Discarded bottles as a mortality threat to shrews and other small mammals in the southern Appalachian Mountains.  Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 129(3):126-129. (pdf)
  • Brannon, M. P., M. A. Burt, D. M. Bost, and M. C. Caswell.  2010.  Discarded bottles as a source of shrew species distributional data along an elevational gradient in the southern Appalachians.  Southeastern Naturalist  9(4):781-794. (pdf)
  • Brannon, M.P.  2009.  An additional record of the least shrew, Cryptotis parva, from Macon County, North Carolina.  Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science  125 (2):85-86.  (pdf)
  • Brannon, M.P., and B.A. Purvis.  2008.  Effects of sedimentation on the diversity of salamanders in a southern Appalachian headwater stream.  Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 124 (1):18-22. (pdf)
  • Brannon, M.P.  2006.  Natural history notes: Bufo a. americanus (Eastern American Toad) leucism. Herpetological Review 37(3):333-334.
  • Brannon, M.P.  2005.  Distribution and microhabitat of the woodland jumping mouse, Napaeozapus insignis, and the white-footed mouse, Peromyscus leucopus, in the southern Appalachians.  Southeastern Naturalist 4 (3):479-486. (pdf)
  • Brannon, M.P., and S.R. Rogers.  2005.  Effects of canopy thinning by hemlock woolly adelgids on the local abundance of terrestrial salamanders.  Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 121 (4):151-156.  (pdf)
  • Brannon, M.P. 2002. Distribution of Sorex cinereus and S. fumeus on north- and south-facing slopes in the southern Appalachian mountains. Southeastern Naturalist 1(3): 299-306.  (pdf)
  • Brannon, M.P. 2002. Epigeal movement of the smoky shrew (Sorex fumeus) following precipitation in ridgetop and streamside habitats. Acta Theriologica 47 (3): 363-368.   (pdf)
  • Brannon, M.P., N.D. Moncrief, and R.D. Dueser. 2001. New records of reptiles from the Virginia barrier islands.Banisteria 18:42-43.
  • Brannon, M.P. 2000. Niche relationships of two syntopic species of shrews, Sorex fumeus and S. cinereus, in the southern Appalachian mountains. Journal of Mammalogy 81(4): 1053-1061. (pdf)
  • Petranka, J.W., M.P. Brannon, M.E. Hopey, and C.K. Smith. 1994. Effects of timber harvesting on low elevation populations of southern Appalachian salamanders. Forest Ecology and Management 67:135-147.